Repsol Honda Team got the Trial World Championship off to a fine start this weekend at the Motegi circuit. Current champion Toni Bou replicated yesterday’s triumph with team-mate Takahisa Fujinami taking the runner-up slot. Jaime Busto was once more in a notable sixth place.

Toni Bou goes home from the world championship opener in Motegi with two victories clinched and 40 points in the bag. Two resounding triumphs with a display of class and dexterity show the Repsol Honda Team rider remains the competitor to beat. Bou commenced the second, slightly more complicated day of the Japanese GP commanding the field from obstacle one and entrenching himself in the top-spot throughout the entire three laps of the twelve-section course.

Toni Bou raised his game considerably for the second day at the Motegi circuit allowing him a more laid-back competition. Picking up seven points on the first lap gave the Spaniard a fourteen point advantage over the nearest rival, a cushion which served well on the second lap which saw Bou unexpectedly score a couple of faults. By lap three the Honda maestro was once again displaying excellent form, riding on to yet another triumph. Bou, cruising eight points clear at the top of the leader-board now also holds the record for wins in the Japanese GP having taken top honours on twelve occasions.

Repsol Honda Team team-mate Takahisa Fujinami had a fearless day out in front of the home crowd finishing second and proving the injured right knee is well and truly recovered. Astride the Montesa Cota 4RT, the popular Japanese rider improved throughout the event before putting in an equally high-level final lap that placed him alongside companion Bou on the final rostrum. Fujinami lies in third in the general rankings.

Rookie Jaime Busto wound up his first Grand Prix in the World Pro category with a hard-fought sixth place, which will go down as the best ever start for a novice in the competition’s history. Repsol Honda Team’s prodigy is sixth in the overall standings.

The second GP of the world championship season will take place in Sokolov in the Czech Republic on May 30 and 31.

Toni Bou

RACE: 1ST CHAMPIONSHIP: 1ST

I’m really pleased with the Japanese Grand Prix. I think that I put in a really good first and third lap. In the second I picked up a couple of faults, but I was able to pull it back. I’m very satisfied with the wins, with the way the trial went and the way I performed as well as taking the first two places on home soil for Honda. It’s been an unbeatable day for the team.

Takahisa Fujinami

RACE: 2ND CHAMPIONSHIP: 3RD

It’s an amazing sensation to have finished today. I’m really happy and I’d like to thank all the doctors who have helped me to get over the knee injury. Today I was feeling good, although I thought I was picking up too many errors but I realized that I could make the podium. For me, sections six and seven were really difficult, but on the last lap I really focused myself and only picked up one point from section five onwards. Thanks a lot to all the people who have believed in Fujigas!

Jaime Busto

RACE: 6TH CHAMPIONSHIP: 6TH

Yes, I’m really pleased with the way things have gone in the Japanese Grand Prix. In general, everything went really well. I didn’t get off to much of a start and I had a bit of a disastrous first lap, but after I was able to make it up and things went better. I felt a lot better today in the hazards and I was performing at a higher level.

Miquel Cirera

Team Manager

We couldn’t have asked for better results on the first day of the world championship. We finished the day yesterday hoping to improve on the results and that is exactly what we did today. We are really pleased with Fujinami’s recuperation – his second place feels like a victory. But, of course, the win was for Toni Bou, who led from the first section, although we’ll have to highlight all the effort that Fujinami has made over this period of time. Also, we have to point out Jaime Busto who is really on the right path. We are very happy with the weekend’s results and we hope to go on like this. It’s been a really positive Japanese GP for Repsol Honda Team.

Trial 2015
Trial Round T1   Motegi

Results day 2

Pos. Rider Num Nation L1 L2 L3 T3 Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Bou Toni 1 SPA 7 17 10 20 Repsol Honda Team Montesa 34
2 Fujinami Takahisa 5 JPN 24 17 10 17 Repsol Honda Team Montesa 51
3 Fajardo Jeroni 4 SPA 21 13 19 15 Beta Factory Racing Beta 53
4 Raga Adam 2 SPA 27 13 19 13 Gas Gas Factory Team Gas Gas 59
5 Cabestany Albert 3 SPA 25 22 14 11 Sherco Factory Team Sherco 61
6 Busto Jaime 15 SPA 32 24 27 10 Repsol Honda Team Montesa 83
7 Ogawa Tomoyuki 18 JPN 25 29 32 9 Honda Team Mitani Honda 86
8 Dabill James 6 GBR 38 28 21 8 Vertigo Factory Team Vertigo 87
9 Ferrer Alexandre 8 FRA 30 37 22 7 Sherco Factory Team Sherco 89
10 Kuroyama Kenichi 20 JPN 34 37 26 6 Yamaha Racing Yamaha 97
11 Ogawa Tsuyoshi 21 JPN 40 29 35 5 Beta Beta 104
12 Nozaki Fumitaka 19 JPN 31 40 38 4 Yamaha Yamaha 109
13 Kadlec Franz 16 GER 40 43 29 3 Beta Factory Racing Beta 112
15 Sato Yuki 25 JPN 60 58 58 1 Honda Honda 176
16 Sunada Masahiko 26 JPN 58 58 60 0 Honda Honda 176
17 Brown Michael 11 GBR 29 41 0 Gas Gas Gas Gas
18 Casales Jorge 7 SPA 27 0 Beta Factory Racing Beta
20 Saito Akio 24 JPN 0 Honda Honda
Location Information

Now one of the most established and certainly iconic venues on the TrialGP tour the TwinRing Motegi facility is a must visit destination for all motorsport fans. The sprawling grounds that extend around the two interlinked tarmac circuits not only incorporate some excellent Trial terrain, but also include what can… read more.

Race format 15 sections x 2 laps

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Records

Podium 2017 -day2- Toni Bou - Adam Raga - Albert Cabestany
Podium 2017 -day1- Toni Bou - James Dabill - Takahisa Fujinami
Podium 2016 -day2- Toni Bou - Adam Raga - Takahisa Fujinami
Podium 2016 -day1- Adam Raga - Toni Bou - Takahisa Fujinami
Podium 2015 -day2- Toni Bou - Takahisa Fujinami - Jeroni Fajardo
Podium 2015 -day1- Toni Bou - Jeroni Fajardo - Adam Raga
Podium 2014 -day2- Adam Raga - Toni Bou - Albert Cabestany
Podium 2014 -day1- Adam Raga - Toni Bou - Takahisa Fujinami
Podium 2013 -day2- Takahisa Fujinami - Jeroni Fajardo - Toni Bou
Podium 2013 -day1- Toni Bou - Adam Raga - Albert Cabestany